Gregory D. and Mary Bynum are the majority owners of Bynum Inc., a closely held full service real estate development, management, brokerage, and appraisal/analysis firm. Mr. Bynum is a lifetime resident of Bakersfield. Since his graduation in 1972 from California State University Bakersfield, with a degree in Business Administration, he has been involved in all facets of real estate. His initial professional background relates to real estate appraisal and analysis where he established a foundation of knowledge to start his own firm in 1981. Previously he worked with the Karpe-Fisher Company-Real Estate Appraisers and Consultants, and the Real Estate Appraisal Division of the Kern County Assessor’s Office.
Mr. Bynum, who now devotes all of his time to commercial real estate development, has developed a significant mix of professional and medical office buildings; industrial, retail, and warehouse facilities; retail shopping centers and mixed use retail/financial/restaurant projects. His real estate management experience includes all of the above property types.
His professional affiliations include: Membership in the National Association of Realtors, California Association of Realtors, and Bakersfield Association of Realtors, accreditation with the Appraisal Institute and the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. His court qualifications include his recognition as an expert witness in Superior Court and Federal Bankruptcy Court. He has testified before a congressional committee as an expert in real estate. He also holds a teaching certificate from the State of California for Real Estate Subjects and has taught and lectured at both California State University Bakersfield and Bakersfield College, as well as local and statewide seminars. Mr. Bynum also holds a Real Estate Broker’s License and a Certified General Real Estate Appraisal License with the State of California.
Community activities include Mr. Bynum’s participation with California State University Bakersfield where he is a member and past Chairman of the CSUB Foundation. He has also been involved with the President’s Advisory Council, Board of Directors for Roadrunner Athletics, the first ever Annual Alumni Fund Campaign as Chairman, Chairman of the Cornerstone Campaign and the fundraising committee to move the athletic program to Division I. He has been honored by the University as an Outstanding Alumni of the Business and Public Administration, inducted in the inaugural class of the CSUB Hall of Fame, awarded the John Brock Award for Community Service and the Cal State University Advocate of the Year in 2007. He is past Chairman and a member of the board of the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce and is past Chair and member of BCCPAC. He is past President and member of Bakersfield North Rotary, member of Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Foundation and chairs the audit committee, member of the real estate committee for the Kern County Community Foundation and was Honorary Chairman for the Valley of Hope fundraiser for the American Cancer Society in 2014. He is past Chairman of the Bakersfield Aquatic Center that was successful in helping to create and equip Bakersfield’s Olympic swim facility. He is a Paul Harris fellow and a member of Stockdale County Club and Quest. Mr. Bynum volunteered several years as a coach for youth basketball and has been active in fundraising for Youth Connection, a local non-profit that works with all at risk youth.
Mr. Bynum is past President and a longtime member of the Bakersfield Association of Realtors where he was honored as Realtor of the Year in 2000. The National Association of Realtors conferred the National Commercial Award to him in 2012 for outstanding achievement in the commercial real estate industry. He has also been a Regional Chairman for the California Association of Realtors and a Federal Political coordinator for the National Association of Realtors. He is a founding director and a member of the Executive and Loan committees for Valley Republic Bank.
Mr. Bynum has been married since 1972 to Mary and has three children, Donald (and his wife Christina), David (and his wife Megan) and Marley (and her husband Adam) and four grandchildren, Rivers, August, Ivy and Dylan. The family attends and holds membership at the Riverlakes Community Church.